Introduction: Maple Bacon Cheddar Garlic Biscuits (a Ruby Tuesday Copycat)

About: I love to spend time in the kitchen to relax and feed those I love with great eats and treats.

These biscuits do not lack in flavor! Hitting all my favorite flavor notes and textures, salty, sweet, savory, crispy outside, soft inside.

I LOVE the biscuits at Ruby Tuesday but there isn't one close to my home. Sadly, they don't share the recipe and all the other copycats link to the Red Lobster biscuit hack; while those are tasty, the sweetness and bacon in the Ruby Tuesday biscuits make them tops in my book. It was time to take things into my own hands, I followed the basic copycat Red Lobster biscuit recipe and made it so much better with maple syrup, bacon and BACON FAT! 

Makes 12 highly enjoyable biscuits

Step 1: Gather Ingredients

You'll need:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt (I use Kosher)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
3 slices bacon, diced into 1/4-inch pieces (I use thick-cut bacon from a local butcher, if your bacon is thin you might want to use 5 or 6 slices.)
1 cup (4 oz.) finely grated sharp cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and chilled
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup milk (I used 2%)

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp. finely chopped fresh parsley (or 1/4 tsp. dried)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
Pinch salt

Step 2: Prep Ingredients

Set oven rack to middle position. Preheat oven to 400 F (I baked at 375 F Convection). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Cook bacon in medium skillet over medium heat until crispy. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate. Carefully pour reserved bacon grease into freezer-safe bowl and freeze (mine was in freezer for 15 minutes while I prepped other ingredients).

Grate cheese and set aside.

Step 3: Make Dough

Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and garlic powder in a large bowl until combined. Add frozen bacon fat to bowl in pieces (I broke up the fat with a small cheese spreader), add butter and use a pastry cutter, or two forks, to mix butter and bacon fat into flour mixture until all the fat and butter are covered with flour and there are many pea-sized pieces in the mix.  

Add grated cheese and bacon and use pastry cutter to combine. 

Add maple syrup, buttermilk, and milk (Reserve a couple tablespoons milk and add only if the mixture is dry, I didn't need all 1/3 cup milk.), use a spatula to mix until dough leaves the sides of bowl, don't over mix.

Step 4: Shape, Bake, and Enjoy

Portion dough onto baking sheet using an ice cream/cookie scoop (I used a #20, about 1/4 cup, if you don't have you could use 2 spoons), leaving a couple inches between biscuits. 

Bake for 14 to 17 minutes, rotating baking sheet front to back halfway through baking, until puffed and light golden brown. Remove from oven and place pan on a cooling rack. 

While baking, make topping. You'll need to use your imagination for this part because my brain wandered and I forgot to take pictures!

Mix 2 Tbsp. melted butter, 1 tsp. chopped fresh parsley (or 1/4 tsp. dried), 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, and a pinch of salt in a small bowl until combined. When biscuits come out of the oven brush them all over using all of the butter mixture. Serve warm.


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